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Philippines Reaffirms Commitment To A Nuclear-Free World At The 76th Hiroshima Peace Ceremony

(Top) The Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Robespierre Bolivar and Mme. Maria Aurora Bolivar represented the Philippines at the 76th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony; (Bottom) the Hiroshima Cenotaph, where the names of the 328,000 of the atomic bombing are inscribed

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reaffirmed the Philippine Government and Filipino people’s commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons at the 76th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on 05 to 06 August 2018 in Hiroshima City, Japan.

Deputy Chief of Mission Robespierre Bolivar and Mme. Maria Aurora Bolivar participated in the remembrance ceremonies for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima.

On the afternoon of August 05, DCM and Mme. Bolivar laid flowers as a tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Cenotaph erected below the exact location where the atomic bomb exploded 76 years ago. They also visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum, which documents the events surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city towards the end of World War II, in particular the horrific effects of radiation poisoning on the civilian population.

On August 06, the 76th anniversary of the bombing, DCM and Mme. Bolivar joined Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, the Mayor of Hiroshima City and members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Peace Park, where ceremonies commemorated the thousands who perished due to the bombing. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres joined virtually from the UN Headquarters in New York.

At 8:15 AM, the precise moment when the atomic bomb exploded in the skies over Hiroshima, bells tolled throughout the city and participants observed a moment of silence.

Representatives of 83 countries and the European Union participated in the Peace Ceremony, which were scaled back as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.

As of 2021, more than 328,000 people officially recognized as victims of the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima in 1945 have passed away. Japan is the only country in history to have suffered through an atomic bomb explosion in war-time.